E. Bruns. pill doc still licensed

E. Bruns. pill doc still licensed

There are 35 comments on the Home News Tribune story from Nov 7, 2005, titled E. Bruns. pill doc still licensed. In it, Home News Tribune reports that:

Philip Mach, a local doctor indicted in August by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis on charges of illegally issuing roughly 72,000 prescriptions through an online pharmacy business, is still licensed to ...

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john doran

AOL

#1 Feb 3, 2006
please enough with this garbage ! I have known dr.Mach for almost 4 yrs,and there is no way the man is involved with this scam.
Between seeing his 1800 local patients, how can anyone have the time to write 77,000.00 scripts.

The doctor is a very busy man and to even think he would risk his good name for 7 cents a script is not even thinkable.

The reason why he is still licensed is because he is an innocent man,not also to even think that it would take 4 yrs, 24 hours aday to write all those scripts. I hope when Doctor mach is cleared,although his good name is already ruined because of the because of some news reporter is bored and has nothing better to do.

If the Doctor was guilty i'm sure the state would have already pulled him from his practice. If you want to read about bad doctors, go and read the press articles about two doctors named Fernando Rodriguez of belle meade or doctor eatough of Keansburg n.j.

anonymous

Mount Laurel, NJ

#2 Mar 27, 2006
The prior statement: "If you want to read about bad doctors, go and read the press articles about two doctors named Fernando Rodriguez of belle meade or doctor eatough of Keansburg n.j."

Can you tell me where to find those articles?
henry

East Brunswick, NJ

#3 May 14, 2006
This doctor is a criminal. If you really knew him you would know that he was having finacial problems and did not like working hard.
Ruth

Poughkeepsie, NY

#4 Sep 5, 2006
henry wrote:
This doctor is a criminal. If you really knew him you would know that he was having finacial problems and did not like working hard.
How dare you? Dr. Mach is the hardest working, most caring of doctors. When my mom was in the hospital, he would come in all hours of the day and night to see her. He came in on Thansgiving and Christmas with his children to check on her. Because of his care, my mom lived 11 years when other doctors said she would live 1. He now takes great care of my brother and me. He is one of the rarest of finds: a truly wonderful, knowledgeable and caring physician. I don't believe a word of any of this.
Jane

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Feb 15, 2007
I believe Dr. Mach cares about making people better first hand. He has taking me in emergencies, has helped prolong my mother's life, when other doctors would jeopordize it. Too many times other doctors would ignore my mothers care in the hospital (like turn down her oxygen, change her meds,etc.) when Dr. Mach would go the extra mile to make sure she was given the best care. His extra time was for his patients, took my mother as a patient when everyone else would shut their door because of her crappy insurance which no one else would accept because of their greed. Dr. Mach would put my mother's health first before worrying about getting paid, period!!! If Dr. Mach made a mistake then it was ONLY to help not to hurt. I geniunely believe he cares about people, something you do not see alot anymore with any doctor.
Shelbi

United States

#6 Mar 9, 2007
I was at the doctor's office today & he informed me that he's closing his practice. I have known Dr. Mach in both a professional manner & as a patient. It is a tragedy to lose such a good physician.
Did he lose his license or God forbid is he going to jail? If anyone knows please answer because I am very concerned about him.
Ravi Anand

Amenia, NY

#7 Mar 24, 2007
I have known Dr. Mach Phillip for about five years. I haven't known any doctor who would treat his patients with so much respect, spend time with him to understand his problems and provide excellent medical treatment that actually works. He is so caring that he would come out till the waiting room to see off his patients. I had spent a really long time looking for a good doctor for my asthma and after changing three doctors I found the right one.

I believe every person may have made some mistakes and sometimes knowinggly or unknowingly things may happen where some law just gets violated. I sincerely hope Dr. Mach comes out of this innocent or maybe get a penalty that (if he really did something wrong, which is hard to believe), can rectify that. But he should really be able to practice soon. I will miss him dearly. I know for sure that his patients will always go back to him.
Mary

AOL

#8 Mar 30, 2007
Yes, he did lose his license. Yes, he is going to jail. However, he has not been sentenced yet.
Andy

East Brunswick, NJ

#9 Apr 13, 2007
I have been going to Dr Mach for about 7 years and have always found him to be competent, caring and understanding. I was not a consistent patient, I would go at most once a year...at most. What defined his character to me was an incident that occurred last July. I had been laid off with NO insurance. I developed an infection in my ear lobe which blew it up into a huge cauliflower. I was in pain! I asked him what it would cost for an office visit to see what could be done. He insisted on taking care of me. He anesthetized, lanced, & drained the ear. Her had me come back 3 times for treatment. and in the end the cost was $50. He spent more than that on the anesthesia & gauze. He showed that he cared about his patients well being 1st & foremost. I will miss him and I wish that eventually this nightmare will end for him. We have lost a great humanitarian doctor!
JDEDISON

Granby, Canada

#10 May 14, 2007
I have been a patient of Dr. Mach for almost 12 years now. I don't know much ab out the man personally, although i do know that he was always very attentive in treating me for my asthma....however...
Today was the first I've heard of his imprisonment, and unfortunatly i had to find out because my prescriptions were no being refilled. So now, I am stuck with bad asthma, no medicine, and I have to find a new doctor to write my scripts. That wouldn't be a big deal, if my medical records for the past 12 years were accessable...BUT ...when i called his former office, i was told that they were "stolen" and if i wanted to get my chart, i'd have to go to some guy and pay $100 for it. This is what i was told today when i called to refill my medication...So for those who believe he is innocent, then what's the deal with the dissappearence of his patient's charts, and the shady $100 ransom????!?!?! I now have no records, no prescriptions, and no primary physician. All i can say is, if I'm having these problems, i can only imagine what some of his patients with far worse medical issues than me are dealing with.
former patient

AOL

#11 May 20, 2007
I was a former patient of Dr. mach and I believe he is a good man and he could not help it that he fell victim for this scam. There is a lot worse that is going on then a bad doc. Heck there is a war going on! I think those who say bad stuff about this poor man should take a flying leap as he is a good man with a wonderful heart.
Shelbi

United States

#12 May 20, 2007
JDEDISON from Somerset N.J.
I am so sorry to hear of your problems and I know Dr. Mach would be too. I know for an absolute fact you were lied to by
the people he formerly worked with at his office. All the charts were brought to Dr. Harvey Weingarten's office in Kendall Park. He is taking Dr. Mach's patients. I guess Dr. Mach's bringing our charts to Dr. Weingarten is considered stealing to those at his former office. I have personally seen Dr. Weingarten at least 5 times. He is excellent. He had all my records from Dr.Mach and was more than willing to follow his course of treatmant.
I also had the opportunity to see Dr. Mach there reviewing his patients charts and taking care of things before he was sentenced. Please donot think ill of him. He is an excellent doctor, which I think he proved by still caring about his patients even after he had to close his practice. Call Dr. Weingarten in Kedall Park to make an appointment
and explain your dilemma. I know they will be more than happy to assist you. This site will not allow me to post his number or I would.
Good luck! Michelle, East Brunswick
mike

North Brunswick, NJ

#13 May 25, 2007
Flying leap?? You are a shallow individual indeed! My mother suffers from a rare disease and has been under the care of this criminal for a long, long time. This disease is so rare that it took nearly ten years to be diagnosed. Avoiding stress is the number one key for her to remain healthy. Now she must replace 19 years of medical history with a new doctor and no medical records. ALL attempts to retrieve her records have been unsuccessful. Shame on the clown who attempts to minimize the effects of this criminals actions by informing us that there is a war going on. My mother did not sign up for this diseaese. She did not sign up to be treated by a criminal. She most certainly did not deserve to have 19 years of her medical history destroyed by a criminal that she, unfortunatly, trusted.... Hopefully, after going through a stressful divorce, Mr. Mach finds true love in prison. God bless our troops and all those that fell victim to this savage crook.
Tree

Brooklyn, NY

#14 May 29, 2007
About medical records.
I am checking to see if it is legal to move records without contacting the patient. I did find on the state website that Dr.s can charge for medical records $1 per page or $100 whichever is LESS. Also they CANNOT charge a fee for searching for them. There is all sorts of requirement about asking in writing that are spelled out at this great website: http://hpi.georgetown.edu/privacy/stateguides... . Best of luck. I find this whole situation awful and the way he just took the records appalling.
Shelbi

United States

#15 May 30, 2007
mike wrote:
Flying leap?? You are a shallow individual indeed! My mother suffers from a rare disease and has been under the care of this criminal for a long, long time. This disease is so rare that it took nearly ten years to be diagnosed. Avoiding stress is the number one key for her to remain healthy. Now she must replace 19 years of medical history with a new doctor and no medical records. ALL attempts to retrieve her records have been unsuccessful. Shame on the clown who attempts to minimize the effects of this criminals actions by informing us that there is a war going on. My mother did not sign up for this diseaese. She did not sign up to be treated by a criminal. She most certainly did not deserve to have 19 years of her medical history destroyed by a criminal that she, unfortunatly, trusted.... Hopefully, after going through a stressful divorce, Mr. Mach finds true love in prison. God bless our troops and all those that fell victim to this savage crook.
Please read my e-mail above. Dr. Harvey Weingarten in Kendall Park is taking Dr. Mach's patients. I saw him again yesterday. He's excellent and your records should be there. I'm sorry to hear such awful things said about Dr. Mach. I've known him for 15 years, bothe professionally and as my physician. I think the world of him-STILL!!! Good luck to your mother.
Michelle East Brunswick, N.J.
Shelbi

United States

#16 May 30, 2007
Tree wrote:
About medical records.
I am checking to see if it is legal to move records without contacting the patient. I did find on the state website that Dr.s can charge for medical records $1 per page or $100 whichever is LESS. Also they CANNOT charge a fee for searching for them. There is all sorts of requirement about asking in writing that are spelled out at this great website: http://hpi.georgetown.edu/privacy/stateguides... . Best of luck. I find this whole situation awful and the way he just took the records appalling.
Well the records had to go somewhere. The building is up for lease, so they couldn't logically stay there. Do you think Dr. Mach took them to jail with him? I don't know legally what applies in this situation. I went to Dr. Weingarten in Kendall Park, as Dr. Mach advised me to do. He had my records and I do believe they are all there in the basement.
Call even if you don't want to see Dr. Weigarten and I'm sure they'll help you. Good Luck!
Michelle East Brunswick N.J.
mike

North Brunswick, NJ

#17 Jun 17, 2007
Shelbi, thank you for the advice. We've made contact with Dr. Weingarten and the records have been located. Thanks for your help. Both my parents and I were patients of Dr. Mach. His courtesy, professionalism and knowledge were all second to none. He phoned my mother plenty of times on a weekend to see how she was feeling. Yes, he DID care about his patients. No question about that. However, he could have and possibly may have, hurt somebody by doing what he did. He is no different than the guy on the street pushing drugs. He broke the law and deserves whatever penalty is "prescribed" for him.
Mary

AOL

#18 Jun 24, 2007
While I empathize with all comments contained herein. I can't help but wonder what would everybody do if there was no news, no one to judge or punish? All the medical doctors around your bedside when your time is up cannot help you live longer. God decides the end. My heart goes out to all those who do not believe. It is in the believing that we shall live, not any doctors mircle. Peace to all. Mary
Shelbi

United States

#19 Jun 28, 2007
Mike in Metuchen, I am very happy I could assist you and your family. Good luck to you all and God bless. Michelle, East Brunswick
jim in jersey

North Brunswick, NJ

#20 Jul 22, 2007
I have known Phil professionally and personally for many years. As many previous posters have noted, he was EXTREMELY attentive to his patients, often spending an hour or more in the office with visits, as well as long hours in the hospital.
The problem stems ( I believe) from falling under the influence of a certain individual who took him in very bad directions for financial gains.
Nearly any quick money plot seems to have been considered, regardless of the risks or ramifications.
You were used Phil, you know by who, and so does she. Your patients saw the difference in the practice and the way patients were treated in the office and on the phone once she came along, look how many patients you lost in the last two years that you were practicing.
Sorry to lose an otherwise good doctor, I can only say that SHE should be in jail too...or did you take the hit for her too.....I'm sure she'll be of no help to you when you get out, since by then, she'll have her claws sunk into some other poor sucker.

Good luck.

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